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York Cold War Bunker

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Address: Monument Close, off Acomb Road, York YO24 4HT, England
Phone Number: +44 1904 646940
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Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Description: Experience the threat of nuclear war at York Cold War Bunker! On a...
Experience the threat of nuclear war at York Cold War Bunker! On a fascinating guided tour, learn how volunteers would have played a vital role in ensuring that Britain could survive a nuclear attack. The atmospheric 1960s semi-subterranean bunker is just as it was when stood down in 1991, and the one hour guided tour is enhanced by a short film. Summer opening (April - October): Wednesday - Sunday, plus bank holidays, between 10am and 6pm. Entrance by guided tour only, at the following times: 10:00, 11:15. 11:45, 13:00, 14:15, 15:30, 17:00.
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A York history gem!

Having lived in York my whole life, I had somehow managed to miss a trip to the Cold War Bunker (despite having parents very keen on historic properties). I ended up here one... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Having lived in York my whole life, I had somehow managed to miss a trip to the Cold War Bunker (despite having parents very keen on historic properties). I ended up here one weekend with my boyfriend and brother and I'm very glad that I did! The tour guide was fantastic and told animated accounts of what life would have... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

Interesting look into the cold war preparations that were in place should the "worst happen" This is a very interesting museum, and well worth a visit. I would recommend that you visit this museum and bring along younger family members to broaden their knowledge on what went on in the past.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I love the idea of anything underground or secret - so a decommissioned cold war bunker was perfect... The interior has been restored to near its former glory and Jake was able to tell us exactly how it used to run... Because it's a dramatic subject it managed to be educational and entertaining at the same time... Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Run by English Heritage, the York Cold War Bunker can only be accessed by guided tour. These are run regularly throughout the day. Our tour guide (Jeremy I think his name was) was excellent, gave a brief overview of the Cold War, it's effect on Britain, and an in depth description of the York Bunker. Various areas of the bunker... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is a English Heritage attraction, a perfectly preserved cold war bunker in a suburb of York. The tours are guided in a light hearted and very engaging way by the staff and tell how the bunker was set to measure N Yorks nuclear bomb hits and relay information. The mixture of sturdy engineering and Heath Robinson style technology is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

For myself this tour was really interesting. Our tour guide Jake was very helpful if you had any questions about the Cold War or the bunker itself. We had a young child aged 3. There was a part of the tour which she had to be taken out due to some disturbing images which she wouldn't have liked. Jake took... More 

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Colne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Really interesting and different loved the staff humour . Make sure you book to avoid not getting in .

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

A brilliant tour of a more recent piece of history. Thank God the bunker didn't need to be put into use. Our guide, Jake, knew his stuff and shared the chilling story of how the Royal Observer Corps were on standby, and fully trained, from 1961 to 1991, to monitor nuclear fallout in Yorkshire from the semi-subterranean bunker during the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We visited this English heritage site with two children aged 6 and 9. We were slightly concerned that the kids might find it a bit boring, but they loved it. Our tour guide Jake was really brilliant. The perfect blend of informative and still entertaining, and he was very good with the boys. The bunker itself is a fascinating insight... More 

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RachaelBowers, Manager at York Cold War Bunker, responded to this review

Hi Ian, Thank you for your review. I'm glad that all the family enjoyed it. Obviously with such a delicate topic, our tour guides take extra care to relate it to children in a way that is appropriate and that they can understand, and of course is still enjoyable. Thanks for your kind words about our staff, I'll be sure... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 via mobile

Was lucky enough to be just my husband and i on the tour. Was shown round by ross who was brilliant!!! Place is so easy to get to from York center and so interesting! Ross was brilliant, no script, felt like he had a true passion for the place! Thank u Ross. Highly recommend!!!

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Address: Monument Close, off Acomb Road, York YO24 4HT, England
Phone Number: +44 1904 646940
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  North Yorkshire  >  York
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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